Guatemala and Mexico step up border security
Officials from Guatemala and Mexico agreed to broaden the scope of the security plan for their common border.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Mexican Interior Minister Juan Camilo Mouriño and his Guatemalan counterpart, Francisco Jiménez, agreed to upgrade what now is to be known as the Mexico-Guatemala High-Level Security Group- The group is to coordinate efforts aimed at improving border security.
The agreement between the governments of Guatemala and Mexico establishes the granting of temporary work permits for Guatemalans in the states of Chiapas, Tabasco, Campeche and Quintana Roo.
Central American industry is calling for strengthening of customs controls in the region, in order to contain the constant border crossings made with smuggled goods.
President Perez Molina is betting on modern technology in immigration control and movement of goods to prevent and combat crime.
Security at the country’s border will be improved by purchasing tactical equipment.
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